National Bank of Xenia v. Stewart - 107 U.S. 676 (1883)


U.S. Supreme Court

National Bank of Xenia v. Stewart, 107 U.S. 676 (1883)

National Bank of Xenia v. Stewart

Decided April 30, 1883

107 U.S. 676

Syllabus

At the time of borrowing money from a national bank, A. delivered to it, as collateral security for the debt thereby created, the certificate of his shares of its capital stock. On his failure to pay at the stipulated time, the bank sold the stock at its full market value, and applied the entire proceeds to his credit. On the ground that sec. 5201 of the Revised Statutes prohibited a loan by the bank "on the security of the shares of its own capital stock," A. brought an action for the proceeds. Held that he is not entitled to recover.

The administrators of the estate of Daniel McMillan, deceased, brought an action against the First National Bank of Xenia, Ohio, a corporation formed under the National Bank Act of the United States, to recover the sum of $4,200, with interest. The complaint alleges that in October, 1876, the bank was in possession of thirty shares of its capital stock belonging to the deceased; that it then unlawfully converted them to its own use and sold them, receiving therefor the sum mentioned, which it refuses to account for or deliver to the plaintiffs, although a demand for it has been made.

Page 107 U. S. 677

The bank, in its answer, avers that in April, 1876, McMillan was owing to it a debt previously contracted, greater in amount than the value of the shares of capital stock; that it being necessary to secure the bank from loss, he delivered to it certificates of the shares with other property as collateral security for the debt; that in October, 1876, the debt being unsatisfied and overdue, the bank sold the shares at their full market value and applied the proceeds as a credit upon it, and that after such application, a large amount remained due to the bank which is still unpaid. The evidence produced at the trial tended to show that the shares were delivered by McMillan to the bank as collateral security for the money loaned to him at the time, and were thus held until they were sold. The court charged the jury that if they found from the evidence that the stock was delivered by him to the bank as a pledge or collateral security for a present loan of money made to him by the bank at the time of such delivery, the plaintiffs were entitled to recover the amount of the proceeds with interest from the time of sale, as the defendant was prohibited by the Currency Act from thus receiving its own stock. To this charge the defendant excepted. The plaintiffs recovered a verdict, and to review the judgment entered thereon this writ of error was brought.



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